Rumours have been confirmed. Apple announced at the World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) its foray on a health platform called HealthKit. It will be integrated with the upcoming update of the Cupertino company's firmware to iOS 8. HealthKit will be associated with a new application, simply named as Health.
HealthKit is primarily a framework for developers. This platform will collect all health and fitness related data from your apps and will present them to you in a single place via the built-in Health app. The new venture will encourage building applications that can integrate their functionality with the potentials of HealthKit. Existing third party apps like Nike+ which tracks multiple activities is also expected to use this service.
Health will serve as a hub that enables third-party apps to automatically sync and store data to this app. It also conveniently presents them to you in an intuitive manner. The Health app will serve as a "to-go" place for your health statistics such as weight, calories burned, blood pressure and more. There will also be accompanying tracking devices that will feed data to Health.
This technology will lead to improved health monitoring. Apple will partner with Mayo Clinic to enable a shared information service between a patient and a doctor. That means that your doctor could send your records through this app.
Likewise, the company will also join forces with the leaders in healthcare apps to allow a dossier-style integration of health information with major hospitals. This will help users conveniently share information with their doctors and in turn, help doctors on medical care of their patients.
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